Dry needling (trigger point dry needling) is a technique used to release trigger points in muscles, improve blood flow to involved areas, and decrease pain.
Do you ever get those taut bands or knots in your muscles that wont go away no matter how hard you massage or foam roll? They may even refer pain elsewhere when you push on them? Those are more than likely trigger points, which is what happens when a muscle is not relaxing and contracting as it should be. We often find specific patterns of trigger point locations on the body when dealing with certain injuries. We will locate those trigger points and insert the needles there to release that trigger point, decrease pain, and casue minor tissue damage which is important for promoting healing.
It is typically non-painfu, but you may feel the initial poke. The needles are very small, so most people describe it as a tickle or pressure. It can be used to treat a wide variety of injuries like the shoulder pain, back pain, neck pain, and more.